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Wednesday, January 29, 2003
Meant to post tonight, but ended up reading and then sorting out my blogroll a bit. A few people have closed up and gone away, and some I just never get round to reading. All the links on the right should now be good. A couple of new additions if you're looking for something new: ali on tour, which is my pal Ali's travel journal, and my boyfriend is a twat, which made me laugh :-)

posted at 8:41 PM
Sunday, January 26, 2003
I've had a fantastic weekend :-) On Friday, an old uni housemate came down for the weekend . As we hadn't seen her for about 18 months we had a lot to catch up on, an we had a lovely evening drinking wine and gossiping. A most pleasant start to the weekend.

On Saturday I went to see the
Body Works exhibition. For anyone who's missed all the controversy, this is an exhibition of dissected human bodies. I really enjoyed it - it was fascinating to see what the inside of a human body really looks like. One way or another, I've spent a lot of time studying physiology so we were looking at things I'd seen photographs and models of many times. It was very cool to see how it all fits together in 3-D space - the body really is a superbly designed piece of kit.

From there, we went off to Oxford Street to do a bit of shopping. Luckily for us, we stopped off to get some lunch on the way. Lucky, because we were sitting in a cafe in Liverpool St station eating sandwiches and drinking coffee when a tube train derailed. That's what I call a lucky escape - had we decided to eat nearer to the shops we could well have been on that train. As an aside, this wasn't my closest miss - a couple of years back my normal commuter train had a minor derailement (in which nobody was hurt) one morning when I was running a little late and missed the train.

In the evening, oin & I dropped our friend off at the party she'd come down to attend, en route to play poker with some friends. We take our cards very seriously - at one point the pot for one hand reached over 1GBP :-) Next, we went back to the party where we'd dropped off our house-guest earlier. As the designated driver for the evening, I was completely sober - unlike everybody else around me :-) In the kind of convoluted relationship tree that provides evidence for the six degrees of separation theory, the party was held by a guy my ex-housemate knew at uni, although I didn't know him. Since uni he has married a girl I knew, although my pal didn't. Confused yet? I'm willing to bet you're not as confused as Mel was to discover somebody she hadn't seen in over a decade standing in her kitchen :-) It was really nice to catch up, particularly as they are fixing up a house that is in a similar state to ours :-)

All in all, I did more on Saturday than I normally do over two or three weekends. But, in the spirit of our New Year Resolution to have more fun, we started off Sunday with a long lazy brunch featuring lots of lovely food and some bucks fizz. In the afternoon we went off to Wells Park with snowcat, and took a very silly number of photos with our new cameras. We managed to go at just the right time of day so that we had lots of lovely light to take pictures in before the sky turned a spectacular shade of pink as the sun set, resulting in some photos I will post later once I free up some server space.

If only every weekend could be like this one :-) The plan for next weekend mainly involves paintbrushes ...

posted at 10:38 PM
Thursday, January 23, 2003
As ever, it's been a tad on the busy side of late. We've been taking a bit of time off from working on the house, but still aren't managing to find time for doing nothing much :-) There's been a fair bit of stuff I've come across and intended to blog "when I've got some time" that you've missed out on :-) Here are a few of the things you could have read about:

ghost ship floating off the coast of Australia, in the style of the Mary Celeste, which apparently can be found off the cost of Haiti.

There were reports of a proposed reality TV show in which a "lucky" member of the public gets to fight Mike Tyson. Which just goes to show, that some people will do just about anything to get on TV.

Whilst my cousin penguins at San Fransisco zoostarted their New Year health kick by swimming in circles for hours on end every day, the EU were banning cosmetic testing on animals. Well sort of - this is the EU we're talking about so it's going to take 6 years to achieve and there will be loopholes and get-out clauses, but it's a start.

In the US, posters of the Beatles' famous Abbey Road cover were airbrushed to remove a cigarette from Paul's hand.

And while all the was going on, the preparations for war ground on. And still none of us really know how the war on terrorism turned into a crusade in Iraq. The latest word from the UK government seems to be that Sadaam is guilty until proved innocent. Does Tony not realise that if he sends us off to join in with a war none of us want to take part in, it's not too likely we'll be turning out in droves to vote for him in 2005.

posted at 11:18 PM
Wednesday, January 15, 2003
At last - the news we've all been waiting for: the next Harry Potter book will be released on Saturday 21st June. I'm off to order my copy now :-)

posted at 3:50 PM
Monday, January 13, 2003
Time for some decorating. Just wallpapered my desktop with the Omega Nebula - pretty :-)

From comets to Chinese ice sculpture.

Followed by a plug for The Book Review, to which I shall be contributing just as soon as I finish my book.

posted at 10:04 PM
Thursday, January 09, 2003
Another week has passed - only 51 left to go then :-) At the current rate, Christmas will be in about 6 weeks - better start the present shopping soon! It's my busiest time of the year at work, so I've been spending a lot of time in the office :-( Today I managed to leave the office at 5.30, tomorrow is sheduled to be an 18 hour day (note to self - get an early night ;-)

The main topic of conversation in the UK at the moment, as per usual, is the weather. We have snow! Hardly something to get excited about, I know, but it just doesn't happen that often in the middle of London. I think it's been well over a decade since we had snow in the city that lasted more than 12 hours.

In a brief interlude from work I did this:

posted at 10:09 PM
Wednesday, January 01, 2003
I see that I haven't posted for about 10 days (i.e. since before Christmas). In this time I have been mainly sat down doing absolutely nothing!

On Christmas Eve I went down with a cold, which wasn't too bad except for making me feel quite tired. My parents came over on Christmas Day, and we basically ate lots of food, drank a reasonable (but not excessive!) amount of alcohol, and watched a load of TV. My parents left us on Boxing Day but the pattern was set. Apart from going to work for a single day last Friday I have spent the last week doing absolutely nothing. Which has been pure heaven :-) We eventually decided that we needed to do something a bit more adventurous than sitting around watching movies on the TV, so we went out and bought a GameCube :-) In fact, the only reason I've made it as far as the keyboard is that it's not my turn!

Looking back, it's been a busy old year! We've had a large amount of work done on the house, and put a lot of time into it ourselves. We've seen lots of other people, mainly at 30th birthday parties and weddings (which I guess is fairly typical for people of our age!). We've been to new places and done interesting things. The whole year has just sped by.

And all of a sudden we're into 2003. I've put a bit of thought into my New Years Resolutions, and I hereby promise to spend more time having fun this year. I want to see more people, play more games and put more time into blogging. And with this in mind, back to

A Happy New Year to one and all.

posted at 8:54 PM




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